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The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced that the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June. Though the new shot is easier...
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The Latest: US panel endorses 3rd vaccine option from J&J

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A U.S. advisory panel has endorsed the new one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson as a third option to bolster the national effort against the coronavirus pandemic. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted overwhelmingly to recommend the vaccine for adults 18 years old and up. The ruling followed emergency clearance of the vaccine by U.S. regulators a day earlier. Members of the group emphasized that all three vaccines now av...
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The Latest: Utah cancels vaccine dates for thousands

By The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is canceling about 7,200 coronavirus vaccine appointments after an error in the state health department’s registration website allowed people without qualifying conditions to register for the shots. Department spokesman Tom Hudachko said in a statement that the error allowed residents who are not 65 or older or who don’t have an underlying medical condition to sign up. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday those appointments are being canceled. Peopl...
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The Latest: Brazil’s capital returns to COVID-19 lockdown

By The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s capital has entered a two-week lockdown, joining several states in adopting measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as intensive care beds begin to fill in some important cities. At least eight Brazilian states adopted curfews over the past week due to the rise in cases and deaths from COVID-19. Thursday was Brazil’s deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1,541 deaths confirmed from the virus. So far 254,000 people have died ov...
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1.1 Million Single-Dose J&J Vaccines Expected In California Over Next 3 Weeks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said the state expects to start administering the new single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week and to receive more than 1.1 million of the shots over the next three weeks. The vaccine, still in the final federal approval process, has fewer handling restrictions than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now being used. Those vaccines require two doses to be fully effective and must be stored at extremely low temperatures. N...
Tags: Health, Politics, New York, California, California News, Fresno, Pfizer, Biden, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, Johnson Johnson, Sacramento Calif, Newsom, Moderna, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine

Biden’s straight-talking CDC director has long used data to save lives

In early December, Dr. Katy Stephenson was watching TV with her family and scrolling through Twitter when she saw a tweet that made her shout.
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Newsom’s Vaccine Plan Aims To Reopen California Classrooms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS13) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday released a new plan outlining how the state will allocate vaccines to education workers in a continued push to reopen more schools for in-person instruction. Newsom announced last week that at least 10% of the state’s vaccines would go to education workers starting in March, which translates to roughly 75,000 dedicated doses a week. The Governor’s Office on Thursday released an overview showing how those vaccines would be distri...
Tags: Health, Politics, Education, California, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Joe Biden, Ap, Union, Silicon Valley, Oakland, Biden, San Diego County, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Pandemic first job for HHS pick but health agenda is broader

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — Health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra told senators Tuesday that confronting the coronavirus pandemic will be his first priority if confirmed, but he also pledged to expand health insurance, rein in prescription drug costs and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in medical care. “To meet this moment, we need strong federal leadership,” Becerra said at the first of two hearings on his nomination. “I understand the enormous challenges before us and o...
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HHS nominee says pandemic comes first but agenda is broader

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, told senators Tuesday that tackling the coronavirus pandemic will be his first priority if confirmed, but he also pledged to work to expand health insurance coverage, curb prescription drug costs and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in medical care. “The COVID pandemic has killed 500,000 Americans,” Becerra told the Senate health committee. “To meet this moment, we need strong federa...
Tags: Health, Business, Obama, California, Washington, Oregon, Senate, White House, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer, Gop

HHS nominee Becerra says pandemic will be top priority

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, faces two days of contentious Senate hearings. Republicans are portraying the Californian as unfit, but Democrats are unfazed, accusing the GOP of playing politics despite the coronavirus pandemic. Now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, Becerra will be grilled by two panels. Tuesday, it’s the health committee’s turn, followed Wednesday by the Finance Committee, which w...
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AG nominee Garland vows Capitol riot will be top priority

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence and said his first focus would be on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as he sought to assure lawmakers that the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch. A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared ...
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The Latest: Biden to mark 500,000 lives lost with ceremony

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON __ President Joe Biden will mark the U.S. crossing 500,000 lives lost from COVID-19 with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House. The nation is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed U.S. fatality due to the novel coronavirus. The White House said Biden will deliver remarks at sunset to honor those who lost their lives. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden and Vice President Ka...
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North Hollywood High wins LADWP Science Bowl, advances to national competition

North Hollywood High won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s 29th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition on Saturday, Feb. 20, this year held virtually for the first time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Each member of the North Hollywood High team will receive a $1,000 Hitachi Scholarship, according to a LADWP statement. Their school’s science department gets $3,000 from LADWP. The team will compete, along with seven other California schools, in a field of 63 regional qualifiers aiming...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Biden, Hitachi, Los Angeles County, LA County, North Hollywood

The Latest: Nevada brothel owners seek state’s OK to reopen

By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourist-dependent Nevada had a notorious attraction: It was the only place in America where someone could legally pay for sex. These days, even in the state known for sin, the business is taboo. Legal brothels have been shuttered for nearly a year, leaving sex workers to offer less-lucrative alternatives like online dates or nonsexual escort services. While the business of legal bordellos may seem incompatible with social dista...
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Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine just got a lot easier to transport and distribute

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech now has less stringent and extreme transportation requirements than it debuted with. Originally, the mRNA-based vaccine had to be maintained at ultra-low temperatures throughout the transportation chain in order to remain viable – between -76°F and -112°F. New stability data collected by Pfizer and BioNTech, which has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review, allow it to be stored at temps between 5°F and -13°F...
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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Open enrollment, one more time

An estimated 9 million Americans eligible for free or reduced premium health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have a second chance to sign up for 2021 coverage, since the Biden administration reopened enrollment on and states that run their own marketplaces followed suit.
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Coronavirus likely here to stay as more UK variant found in LA County

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 could become as routine as getting a flu shot especially considering the various mutations of the virus currently circulating, according to Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, during a midday briefing Wednesday, Feb. 17. “I don’t think it’s out of the question that COVID-19 in one form or another may be with us for a while to come and vaccinations will be a very effective tool to keep us from having another virus circulate in our communities,...
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Why Biden has a chance to cut deals with red state holdouts on Medicaid

President Joe Biden has an unexpected opening to cut deals with red states to expand Medicaid, raising the prospect that the new administration could extend health protections to millions of uninsured Americans and reach a goal that has eluded Democrats for a decade.
Tags: Health, Joe Biden, Biden

Prominent scientists call on CDC to better protect workers from Covid

A prominent group of academics is pressing the Biden administration to move faster and take stronger action to protect high-risk workers from airborne exposure to the coronavirus, urging enforceable standards to help safeguard risky workplaces including health care, food processing and prisons.
Tags: Health, Cdc, Biden, COVID

Cal State LA hosts first federally supported coronavirus mass vaccine site – with many more to come

A massive COVID-19 vaccination site opened at Cal State Los Angeles on Tuesday, where Gov. Gavin Newsom and a slate of military, federal and local leaders ushered in the first of what is expected to be 100 such sites across the nation — all of them federally supported and state-managed. Newsom declared the sprawling campus maxi-center a significant step toward assuring equity in delivering the vaccines, determinedly placed amid a hot zone for COVID-19 surrounded by multiple densely populated com...
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The Latest: Biden says all Americans must ‘defend the truth’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 11:00 p.m. President Joe Biden is responding to the acquittal of Donald Trump by stating that all Americans, especially the nation’s leaders, have a duty and responsibility “to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.” Biden says that in doing so, “that is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation. That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake toge...
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The Latest: Minnesota officials urge proper mask wearing

By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials urged this week that people wear masks — and wear them properly — as the state reported an additional 964 new infections on Saturday. More than 6,300 people have died in Minnesota and more than 470,000 people have had confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. State figures show more than 209,010 people have received the full two-dose series of the vaccine. However, health officials point out people need to wear m...
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The Latest: Mardi Gras muted in New Orleans by coronavirus

By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans’ annual pre-Lenten Mardi Gras celebration is muted this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered bars closed during the Mardi Gras weekend that started Friday and runs through Tuesday. The lavish parades are canceled and there are limits on gatherings. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the annual pre-Lenten bash celebrated along much of the Gulf Coast — with the biggest celebration in heavily Catholic New Orleans. ...
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Officials prepare hybrid state-federal mass vaccine site to open Tuesday at Cal State LA

State and federal officials were busy Friday, Feb. 12, making final preparations to a mass vaccination site at Cal State University Los Angeles to open next Tuesday and run seven days per week until August. Cones were in place to direct 15 lanes of traffic through one of the university’s parking lot. But that wasn’t the only way shots of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered here. David Stone, assistant chief of fire operations at California’s Office of Emergency Services is heading the la...
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As pandemic surged, contact tracing struggled; Biden looks to boost it

Contact tracing, a critical part of efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, has fallen behind in recent months as covid-19 cases have soared. President Joe Biden had pledged to change that.
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Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine has increased significantly under Biden administration

Under the Biden Administration, New Yorkers' acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine has increased significantly. In September, 55% of residents reported they would take the vaccine when it became available and this January, 64% reported they would take it.
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LA County leaders seek faster release of FEMA funds to help extend hotel rooms for homeless

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Feb. 9, to lobby the federal government to more quickly fund the sheltering people experiencing homelessness in programs such as Project Roomkey — if not provide the funding upfront. The approval of the motion, authored by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, comes on the heels of the Biden Administration’s announcement last month that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would provide 100% reimbursement, rather than the typical 7...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Washington, La, Government, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Fema, Community, Homeless, Biden, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council

Biden describes closed schools and women leaving the workforce as 'a national emergency'

President Joe Biden speaks before signing executive orders on his first day in White House on January 21, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) President Biden described school closures and women leaving the workforce as "a national emergency." "I think it's time for schools to reopen safely," he said during a CBS interview. Biden voiced concern about the mental health crisis that has been accelerated by the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Pres...
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LA city budget gap widens to more than $750 million, despite recent labor concessions

Los Angeles city officials said Friday, Feb. 5, that the shortfall in this year’s budget has widened to $750 million, with the future of the economy remaining uncertain amid the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. A report from City Administrative Officer Richard Llewellyn on Friday reinforced the ongoing budget struggles brought on by revenues projected to come in $600 million less that what had been anticipated at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the projection no longer contains recommendation...
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LA County’s coronavirus death toll climbs past 17,000

Daily COVID-19 case numbers continued tumbling on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Los Angeles County, but the death toll climbed above the 17,000 mark, with more than 200 new fatalities. The county Department of Public Health announced 205 virus deaths on Tuesday, raising the countywide cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 17,057. Health officials noted that more than 7,000 COVID deaths have been reported over the past month, matching the total number of virus deaths that occurred between Februa...
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